This one is a chat with visual artist Marie Le Lievre. She’s a Christchurch-based artist. A painter, primarily. Though her current show at Bartley & Company in Wellington features drawings and paintings.
Marie is one of my wife’s cousins. So I’ve known her for well over a decade – we’ve talked about art, and her art in particular, on plenty of occasions. But never like this. Here was a sit-down focussed chat on her life and work, how she approaches it, what goes into it – and she talks about the baggage she brings to her work, the aspects of her life that inform her works and the attempts made to walk away from art; it has always called her back.
You’ll hear a bit of background noise here – the summer cicadas are in full force; the neighbour fires up a fucking chainsaw at one point. The cat and dog have a wee fight. It’s all on.
In and around that Marie calmly talks me through the method and madness in her life and work.
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